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[Tip] [Guide] Keep Safe this firework season

Started by: bluemoonbaz
On: 02/11/2017 | 14:23
Replies: 30

by: bluemoonbaz
on: 02/11/2017 | 14:23 edited: 06/11/2017 | 14:56

Despite all the safety warnings , firework celebrations can still end in painful injuries for far too many people and pets.



 Although fireworks are great fun , not just around November 5 (Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night), but also Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year, It's important to remember to keep our loved ones safe. 

So with this in mind here are some tips to make it a night to remmember Smiley Happy


      If you’re planning a bonfire

  • Warn your neighbours beforehand - they are much less likely to complain or maybe invite them
  •  If you do decide to have a bonfire, make one person responsible for it, from early planning to final clearing up
  • Don’t site it too near your display or firework storage area
  • Have buckets of water and sand available 
  • Never use flammable liquids like paraffin or petrol to get it going as this can result in uncontrolled spread of fire or explosion
  • Check immediately before lighting that there’s no animal or even a young child hidden inside
  • Never put fireworks on a bonfire, even if they’re dud
  • Don’t burn dangerous rubbish (e.g. aerosols, paint tins or foam-filled furniture)
  • Remove any rubbish from your bonfire area in advance so there’s nothing that can be thrown onto the fire on the night.


        Buying fireworks

  • Only buy fireworks that comply with British Standard 7114:1988 or its European equivalent but instructions should be in English.
  • Make sure to buy fireworks in full packs. Do not buy loose fireworks or packs that have had fireworks taken out of them
  • When buying fireworks, only buy from a licensed retailer. Remember, it is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18
  • Fireworks bought from unlicensed retailers could severely injure or kill.
  • If visitors bring fireworks make sure they are handed to person in charge and safely stored away





    • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
    • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and use them one at a time.
    • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
    • Wear eye protection and gloves when setting them off
    • Have a bucket of soft earth to stick fireworks in
    • Never drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks
    • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
    • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
    • Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
    • Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
    • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators. 
    • Children under 5 should not hold a sparkler as they are considered too young to handle them safely. The Children's Accident Prevention Trust says they are too young to understand why they might be dangerous. They might seem like a favourite for a little ones but sparklers can reach a temperature of 2000ºC - 20 times the boiling point of water


After your display


  • Make sure your fire is out
  • Wait until after the display is finished before collecting spent, dud or misfired fireworks
  • If cold, fully spent fireworks can be put into the bin
  • If a firework failed to go off, leave it for at least 30 minutes before lifting. It can then be made safe by immersing it in water. Wear gloves, goggles and hold at arms length when lifting
  • Come back the next day during daylight to clear the site .


How to keep your pets safe 


  • Loud bangs and bright lights of fireworks can make animals anxious, so keep your pets indoors.
  • Close your windows and doors so they can't run off if they get frightened
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed and maybe try and distract them with your the tv, If pets are outdoors bring them inside if possible or build them a den in an area they feel safe in with some extra blankets so they can feel more secure and can huddle down .


UK Government Fireworks Code In English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi,         Bengali, Gujarati and Chinese


Garden bonfires: the rules

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Message 1 of 31
by: frenchielove
on: 02/11/2017 | 16:58

Some good advice there @bluemoonbaz our last dog was terrified of loud bangs, we fetched his cage in from the car and covered it with blankets to make a den. We also put the TV on quite loud. It is horrible for them

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by: bluemoonbaz
on: 02/11/2017 | 17:37

Cheers @frenchielove

I hope it helps , I know what you mean pets can be terrified with all the noise and explosions, masking the noise does help but it must frightening for them


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Message 3 of 31
by: bobrobinson
on: 02/11/2017 | 20:27

Great advice tthere @bluemoonbaz.

Lets hope everyone takes your advice.

Hope you all have a great firework time.

Thanks again Baz


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by: bluemoonbaz
on: 02/11/2017 | 22:17 edited: 03/11/2017 | 08:59

Cheers Bob 

Yes hopefully it helps 🙄


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Message 5 of 31
by: chand311
on: 03/11/2017 | 09:16

Great piece of information @bluemoonbaz. My kids don't like to do it. 

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Message 6 of 31
by: bluemoonbaz
on: 03/11/2017 | 09:43

chand311 wrote:


Great piece of information @bluemoonbaz. My kids don't like to do it. 


Morning @chand311

Taking the kids to big organised displays can be a good way to have a great time with them as there are usually other things to do as well  and fireworks seem to be a lot fiercer these days 

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Message 7 of 31
by: allan1954
on: 03/11/2017 | 10:14
@bluemoonbaz thanks we stopped having a bonfire in our garden now just go to the council-run bonfire night
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by: bluemoonbaz
on: 03/11/2017 | 10:22

allan1954 wrote:

@bluemoonbaz thanks we stopped having a bonfire in our garden now just go to the council-run bonfire night

Morning @allan1954

I think a lot of people do this now , I think gone are the days of us kids logging months in advance for a big bonfire on the local fields ...

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by: allan1954
on: 03/11/2017 | 10:26
@bluemoonbaz you are right best to be safe seen on the tv the other day young girl I think about 5 a firework went off and somehow hit her in the throat and she had to have a lot of operations to sort it out.
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